Electro-pop trio from Washington D.C, SHAED, are becoming one of the most captivating new bands of 2018. Originally a solo artist, Chelsea Lee teamed up with musicians and producers Max and Spencer Ernst. The group first met in high school, but it wasn’t until a few years later that writing music became a regular activity between them. Pronounced ‘shade’, SHAED make music rich in expression, painting images that come with their seemingly natural ability to create songs in any genre, giving each one its unique atmosphere.
Max, Spencer and Chelsea all came from musical families, and eased into creating music from a young age, with Chelsea moulding her voice with the aid of a karaoke machine. Their music is inspired not just by other musicians, but also by literature, namely ‘The Name of the Wind’ (‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’) by Patrick Rothfuss, from which the band acquired their name ‘Shaed’ (in the book ‘shaed’ is a cloak made of shadow and light).
In 2016, the band released their debut E.P ‘Just Wanna See’, which saw the title track amass over 1 million plays on Spotify and second single from the E.P, ‘Thunder’, become a viral streaming hit. Following the success of ‘Just Wanna See’, SHAED secured slots supporting Marian Hill and Bishop Briggs on national tours. Releasing their second E.P, ‘Melt’, in May 2018, which features the incredible single ‘Trampoline’, which has gained nearly 9 million streams on Spotify. Marking a new chapter in their lives, ‘Trampoline’ is the product of SHAED working heavily in the studio, taking an alternative approach to the usual love song.
Fast-forward to the end of 2018 and SHAED have announced their first overseas show in the UK, taking place at London’s Camden Assembly on 13th February 2019.introducing / shaed